The Highs and Lows of Real Estate

The Highs and Lows of Real Estate


as best described by Gnarls Barkley (aka Cee lo Green)



 "And I hope that you're having the time of your life

think twice

that's my only advice

Come on now,

Who do you, who do you, who do you

Who do you think you are?

Ha, ha, ha!

Bless your soul

You really think you're in control?"


I've loved this song since it came out many years ago and the words continue to have great meaning for me.


My real estate business? I started out fresh with the best of intentions. I was sure I could make each year a banner year. With all the education I absorbed from participating on ActiveRain for the last decade and all the experience I picked up by just being on the streets, I was ready for real estate success.


There's an old saying - Man plans and G-d laughs.


Right off the bat, I picked up a wonderful client who found me through my blog. She was a dream to work with but, alas, her crazy attorney wasn't. Apparently, he wasn't fond of real estate agents and told my client as much. When I attempted to call at the beginning, he cursed me out and hung up on me. He refused to speak to me for the entire 9 months of the transaction. It was very difficult to be kept in the dark.


Then I received a referral to a unique little space in a co-op building with a crazy, dysfunctional Board. Two studio apartments, one on top of the other, were joined together as one with a circular set of stairs. No permits! The owner, who had previously been a board member, told me none were required at the time work was being done. While this sounded more than a little strange to me, it was also impossible to believe that no one noticed the demolition involved in this renovation. My involvement in this transaction ended abruptly.


I spent time showing some terrific young people who were so excited about moving into a Nassau community until the husband was offered a crazy (good) job promotion overseas in London. Several months later, they changed their mind about the move and called me back. Things were looking up.


After Hurricane Sandy devasted the south shore of Long Island, buyers became afraid to buy near water because the crazy, mandated Flood Insurance premiums were so out of control and could run to the thousands each year. So unlike the rest of the country, where business was booming, the homes of the south shore just sat and attracted little attention.


Trust me, I worked haard!! but it wasn't enough. There are just so many things that are out of our control. Early on, it wasn't in the cards. Who knows? Maybe next year will be my best year yet!




No matter how you spend your day, come home to this



Long Island Real Estate Needs? 

Reach me @516.395.8376


Long Beach is a diverse community that is never short on entertainment. Interested in moving to Long Beach?

Don't hesitate to call me and we can begin our tour.



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Jill Sackler, NYS Real Estate Broker Associate based on Long Island's South Shore

Sunny Isles, Fl 



     Specializing in Lifecycle Real Estate Transitions

"When your family doesn't fit your family home, I can help."




©Jill Sackler 2010


Comment balloon 15 commentsJill Sackler • December 30 2013 07:52PM


Jill - A great selection considering how 2013 went for you...  best wishes for a great & prosperous 2014.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Sorry to hear 2013 didn't go so well for you Jill.  Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.  Great choice of songs.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 6 years ago

I understand you selection and there were time I felt I was walking in your shoes, but no matter, all challenges were worked through.

I wish you and yours a fabulous 2014.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Jill... sorry your 2013 was not so great.... but onward and upward... much success in 2014....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jill. I understand your story and the song. Here's wishing your 2014 will be a banner year for you both personally and professionally. Take care.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 6 years ago

Hey Jill - Greetings from Sunny Florida! I hope your 2014 Rocks Long Island!!

Posted by Andre R. Aragon, Real Estate Photographer (Greater Tampa Real Estate Photographer) over 6 years ago

Jill, A very fitting song for your 2013 business. So many things are out of our control. We can work our tails off and in the end we are left with nothing to show for it.  We press onward and keep doing what we do. I believe you have an amazing 2014 in front of you.

Thank you for participating in the challenge.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

Jill, Here's to a more Prosperous 2014 on the South Shore! 

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 6 years ago

It's is CRAZY what flood insurance has been hiked up to.  And that is preventing the market from recovering normally too.  Yes, what a crazy year for you.  It will be better!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 6 years ago

Hi Jill great song choice. It is sad that Long Island issue, I remember watching it on the News.Insurance companies really can be a rip off they are all out to get money and really don't care about helping people it seems.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 6 years ago

Jill: haha. This a sing to groove. You got me grooving there. So keep grooving . The best is yet to come. 

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) over 6 years ago

Congrats on the contest.  Sorry to hear about your year - what a year for you!  Love this song and it fits what you've experienced.  Sometimes real esate can make you crazy! 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 6 years ago

Have a great 2014. Hope you achieve all your goals.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 6 years ago

I try to stay somewhat detached from the crazy people, lest they drive me nuts along with them. Some lunatic yelled and screamed the other day in an email, and I wrote back to say let's just pretend you didn't write this email, OK? He was all right for a few more days, and then he started again, so I informed him that if he wants to continue a relationship, I'm no longer working with him and will speak only to his wife, otherwise he's free to go elsewhere. His wife agreed to handle the communications. See, she understands. Don't take no crap, that's my motto.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 6 years ago

Jill, I bet Sandy did scare off a few buyers, but heard it is just beautiful.   Great song choice!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

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